Tuesday, July 14, 2015

1974 Profile: Spike Jones

No. 11
"Jones has done the Buffalo punting for three seasons. He averaged 40.3 yards on 66 punts last fall to improve his pro figure to 40.0, and his longest punt of 1973 traveled 62 yards against New Orleans. A rash of injuries in the offensive line caused his punting average to dip in 1972. Spike joined the Bills after the first game of the 1971 season.
The Oilers regular punter as a rookie, Spike tied the club record for most punts (84), averaging 42.4- his best figure in four years in the NFL. His longest punt as a Bill is 67 yards and he had a 73-yard boot, the longest in the League in 1970, while with Houston.
Jones was two years an All-Southeastern Conference selection as a punter for the University of Georgia. He set a Bulldog record with an 87-yard punt and his career punting average of 41.6 snapped the SEC standard. The number two collegiate punter in 1969, Spike played in three postseason Bowl games (Liberty, Sun, Sugar) and the College All-Star classic. He was roughed four times in a single game against Auburn in '69.
His B.B.A. is in marketing; public relations, selling and management are his areas of career interest. Spike's real first name is John and his nickname is from the comic musician. He plays the banjo, and hunting and fishing are his favorite forms of relaxation."

-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook

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